lay into (1) Informal
Meaning: to attack someone and repeatedly punch and kick themSynonym: attack, beat up, set upon
- lay into sb The police officers who laid into the teenage boys got into trouble because someone filmed the attack.
- lay into sb A gang of thugs waited for a guy to leave the gay club, and then laid into him. They kicked him to death on the sidewalk, and then laughed as they ran away.
After the guys had laid into Kenny, he was